Family fun mile is Saturday

First Posted: 3/3/2010

Southeastern Regional Medical Center and Community Health Services Project HEALTH are the proud sponsors of the SRMC Family Fun Mile on Saturday as part of the Rumba on the Lumber in downtown Lumberton.
Last year, more than 1,200 adults and children participated in the event. Students from more than 30 Robeson County schools participated in the mile and students from 54 out-of-county and state schools. The word is out that the Rumba is an event no one should miss!
Mascots, Rocky the Bear and Truman, roamed throughout the crowds murmuring words of encouragement to those willing to take on the challenge of the mile. Anticipation was rising as the time drew near. It was quite a sight to see as young and old converged on the starting line. Judging from the looks on the faces of kids and adults alike, having fun seemed synonymous with being active.
With North Carolina ranked fifth in the nation for youth obesity and one-third of our young residents overweight, community events, such as the family mile, continue to be an opportunity to move our children and families to a healthier lifestyle.
Kids and families can challenge themselves physically, become healthier and have fun at the same time! This is necessary in order to change the youth obesity statistics.
The Family Fun Mile information packets and registration forms were distributed by Project HEALTH Healthy Eating and Active Lifestyles for Tomorrows Health to all elementary and middle schools in Robeson County. Project HEALTH works to coordinate these types of community events because they foster physical activity, family involvement and demonstrate fitness can be fun!
For information about how your family can participate in the Rumba on the Lumber festivities, including the family mile, visit All fun-mile participants who cross the finish line will be rewarded with a medal! The first 500 participants in kindergarten through eighth grade will receive a free T-shirt.
Registration for the Southeastern Regional Medical Center Family Fun Mile will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. on Saturday at the Black Water Grille in downtown Lumberton.

Diane Zepaltas is the Project HEALTH coordinator for Community Health Services at Southeastern Regional Medical Center.

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